Four Cabinet Secretaries were on Monday morning summoned by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations for allegedly holding secret meetings to plot against DP William Ruto’s presidential bid.
ICT CS Joe Mucheru, his Health counterpart Sicily Kariuki and Trade & Industrialization CS Peter Munya honoured the summons and appeared before the DCI.
The other CS is Transport CS James Macharia.
Speaking at the DCI headquarters, Munya confirmed that he was summoned by a one Michael Sang, a DCI officer who asked him to reach out to the other CSs.
"I was informed that I was the one chairing the meetings, and was asked to summon the others who were already summoned," Munya revealed.
The CSs held a meeting with the DCI team, who revealed to them that they received a phone call from the Deputy President who claimed that they met at Lamada Hotel so as to plan on how to kill him. He even gave a specific date, citing May 14.
"We did not record a statement as the Deputy President did not record a statement too. Standard procedures state that anyone who makes allegations is required by law to record a statement," Munya stated.
Munya further disclosed that they probed the DCI officers to retrieve the audio of the call and have the complaint in writing so that the CSs could respond, but the officers failed to do so.
“They were not able to retrieve the audio. We wanted to go out of our way to respond to the allegations. However, we came to the conclusion that we cannot record a statement until the complainant makes a substantive complaint in writing," he confidently maintained.
The CS went on to confirm that they have indeed been meeting severally and will continue to do so without any fear whatsoever.
"To avoid speculations, we want to confirm we have been having meetings. In fact, we even met at Lamada and we will continue having meetings as the constitution clearly stipulates that we have a right to enjoy our freedom of expression and freedom of association, so long as we do not meet to plan on criminal activities," Munya declared.
According to the CS, there was a meeting held in Naivasha by Central MPs who made complaints that the government was not fast-tracking development in the Mount Kenya region and that government offices were not accessible to them.
After the Naivasha meeting, the leaders asked to meet President Uhuru Kenyatta to complain that development projects were stalling in their region.
"The president instructed me to note the issues raised by those MPs so that I can be able to channel the issues to Cabinet Secretaries, Permanent Secretaries and heads of parastatals so that they sort out the issues.
"The president does not have time to personally attend to the issues. There is nothing sinister about the meetings. In fact, we have another one tomorrow to discuss development agendas," Munya explained the reasons for their hotel Lamada meetings.
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